The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide

The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide

by Thomas Easley, Steven Horne


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This comprehensive, full-color guide provides detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for making and using approximately 250 herbal medicines at home, including practical tips and numerous effective formulas developed and tested by the authors, both expert herbalists with years of experience. Readers who appreciate the health-giving properties of herbal medicines but are discouraged by the high price of commercial products can now make their own preparations for a fraction of the cost. The authors tell you everything you need to know about harvesting, preparing, and administering herbs in many different forms, including fresh, bulk dried herbs, capsules, extracts in water, alcohol, glycerin, vinegar and oil, and even preparations like essential oils and flower essences. The book also covers topical applications of herbs as salves, lotions, poultices, tooth powders, ear drops, and more, and includes an extensive chapter on herbal hydrotherapy.

The Modern Herbal Dispensary explains why different preparations of the same herb will obtain better results, demonstrating how capsules, teas, tinctures, or glycerites of the same plant will not have exactly the same effect on the body. Leading herbalists Thomas Easley and Steven Horne have tested and proven the herbal formulas they offer, along with suggestions for treating more than one hundred illnesses. They lay out the principles of herbal formulation and also provide instructions on how to prepare single herbs, a procedure that has been largely ignored in other references. More comprehensive than any other guide, thoroughly researched, beautifully illustrated, and presented with ease of use in mind, this book will take its place as the premier reference for those who want to produce all the herbal remedies they need, and to save money in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623170790
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 103,874
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas Easley is coauthor of Modern Herbal Medicine and founder of the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. He is a clinical herbalist and professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Easley integrates modern science and the deep and rich tradition of Western herbalism into a unified and systematic approach to health and healing. Easley emphasizes foods as primary medicine and uses intensive diets as well as stress reduction techniques, nutritional supplements, and exercise to help people achieve their health goals. His approach draws on his extensive clinical experience, which spans 14 years of full-time practice and over 10,000 clients.

Steven Horne is a professional member and former president of the American Herbalists Guild and a professional member of the International Iridology Practitioner's Association, having also served on the board of directors of both organizations. He has spoken at numerous conventions and conferences and has helped to start four different herbal companies, giving him extensive practical experience in formulating and manufacturing herbal extracts. Horne maintains a part-time consulting practice, working one-on-one with clients to help them resolve their health problems.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Herbal Medicine ix

Chapter 1 Getting Started: Basic Concepts in Herbal Medicine 1

Chapter 2 Herbal Preparations: Understanding the Many Ways to Prepare and Use Herbs 17

Chapter 3 Using Fresh Plants: Harvesting, Drying, and Using Fresh Herbs 33

Chapter 4 A Dried Herbs: Bulk Herbs, Capsules, and Tablets 47

Chapter 5 Introduction to Extractions: Terms, Equipment, Solvents, and Calculations 55

Chapter 6 Making Basic Extracts: Extracting Herbs in Water, Alcohol, Glycerin, and Vinegar 69

Chapter 7 Advanced Extraction Techniques: Percolation Extracts, Fluid Extracts, and Soxhlet Extracts 85

Chapter 8 Topical Preparations: Oil-Based Extractions, Topical Applications, and Local Applications 103

Chapter 9 Other Preparations: Concentrates, Lozenges, and Traditional Chinese Methods 115

Chapter 10 Aromatherapy and Flower Essences: Two Unique Ways to Extract and Use Herbs 123

Chapter 11 Formulas and Dosages: Designing Herbal Formulas and Using Herbs Effectively 135

Chapter 12 Sample Formulas: Some of Our Favorite Formulas 147

Chapter 13 Single Herbs: Instructions for Preparing and Using Single Herbs 169

Appendix 1 Herbal Hydrotherapy: Combining Herbs and Water for Healing 331

Appendix 2 Recommended Suppliers: Sources for Herb Plants and Seeds, Bulk Herbs, Bottles, Glycerin, and Other Supplies 343

Recommended Reading 347

Index 349

About the Authors 363

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NatoshaM More than 1 year ago
When I want to heal, I look for natural solutions. However, having nowhere or an idea what to use or how to prepare something can be hard. I rather have it all in one place, how to prepare, what to use and the many different just in case problems that can arise any time of the year! That is why I am so happy to have found this book, The Modern Herbal Medicine Reference Guide by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne. It's quite a read and makes healing naturally a piece of cake! So many herbs, which most books don't include and recipes to help you on your way! This is the book I would say, beats most on the market! The cover is very smooth and it's packed inside with reference to so many wonderful herbs and even their Latin name. That is what I really enjoy about this book, the full detailed uses of healthy herbs to aid in recovery and even dosage amount. You can't go wrong with everything written in plain site. So most definitely, this book is packed with helpful ways to use well-known herbs and plants to help so many common problems, which many of us have to deal with all year round! I highly recommend this for the natural lovers, who rather no pill form medicine, but a treatment using real home grown plants to aid in recovery. Plus, having a family it's great to have this book whenever someone is feeling ill. It's the perfect reference guide when you need a little healing. I love the easy to follow text and information of each herb to use. It's such a simple, clean style book that's not complicated and the layout is very nicely done! Finally, this is a terrific guide and an awesome health book!